Belize: Ambergris Caye to Placencia

©2002 Ken Riddick
Spotted Eagle Ray pair off Fourth Cut reef

Cruising the edge where the Fourth Cut reef wall drops dramatically into deeper water, this pair of eagle rays soared right by us. We dove this reef out of the Hopkins area very late in the day and, toward the end of the dive, saw a great variety of wildlife, including two pairs of eagle rays. The action seems to really pick up toward dusk, as the day creatures are finishing their shift and the night animals are arriving.

I got off two frames of this pair, the first with flash fill but still too far away to make a nice image and this picture, which was made before the strobes had a chance to recycle. But even with the waning afternoon light, a 30th of a second exposure at f/5.6 was just enough to adeqately catch this pair.

The image was made with a 15mm lens.

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